I've been SO so SOOO very busy with school this week....I've been dying. literally. I have had this week marked as the "week from hell" on my calendar. And obviously as a result I've had absolutly no time to even think about baking something up, but alas I ahve things to share today, because I have a 'stockpile' so to speak of baked yummies I made during my spring break!:)
**the following is personal story, if your interested read on, if not, scroll down to the pretty cupcakes!=D
But yes, I should probably be working on the 2 essays I have due tomorrow. But quite honestly, Im sick of essays at the moment. I had to hand in a Law Essay Monday night at 12pm, so I was at school till then.....then Yesterday(Tuesday) I had to hand in a Human Rights Essay (Why Racial Profiling is ineffective and deteimental ;) ) at 6:05. MY OH MY. My Prof is the MOST understanding prof in the world, def one of my fav, but he has a rule that if you dont hand it in by the start of class(6:05) its late. which is fair i guess. Only he CLOCKS it. If you hand it in at 6:06 ....ITS LATE ....and you loose 5% .....This should be fine if you dont procrastinate, but alas I do. So when I finished my spiffy essay at 5:30pm, I had to get a ride from mom across town to my school, a usually 25 - 30 min ride. Ofcourse Dad was out with the car at that point, and I had to wait outside till he got back so I could jump in.
My mom drove like a mad lady. And of course, whenever the universe KNOWS your late or in a hurry, it decides to send you plenty of red lights and traffic in places there has never been traffic before. Bitch. So, like a scene out of a James Bond movie, I jump out of the car while it's still moving and run into the building, going full speed, but damn me and my lazyness....Im so NOT used to running or going up stairs (elevators are my friend;)) That as soon as I ran up the first set of stairs, I was bent over backwards gasping for air. yah. thats me.
So finally after running and panting and grabbing my side cause of a cramp I got from runnning and panting, I managed to hand it in at get this: 6:04.
P.S. My mom hates me. She says I cause her too much stress. LOL (she was more stressed over me handing it in on time then I was!)
But anywhoo.....back to the BAKING part! yay:) Ok so, I was looking through tastespotting a little while ago and I noticed an early grey cupcake recipe, I checked out the blog, but somehow I closed the window without noticing and lost the recipe. :/ SO....google is thy friend.
I ended up making these little babies.
They tasted pretty damn good! The lemon and the earl grey accent each other very well! But ofcourse, my mom had to wipe off all the frosting from her cupcakes before she could eat them. She said that she didnt like the frosting, (ofcourse-she hates frosting of any kind) but that she LOVED the cupcake, it has a nice floral tone....she actually thought I had put in rose water!
Earl Grey Cupcake
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (I use margarine...I know...Im horrible)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 egg
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tbsp. of loose Earl Grey tea leaves ( I suppose you could use a teabag, but if you want LOTSA aroma and flavour...do yourself a favour and use loose leaf tea)
Beat the butter and sugar together until it is light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time, making sure they are thoroughly combined before adding the next one.
Mix together the dry ingredients, including the tea. If your using loose tea leaves like me, then you may (or may not) want to grind them down a bit, you can do that with a mini blender, or just with your fingers, etc...
Beat in half of the dry mixture. Then add the milk. Then add the rest of the dry mixture, stirring until just combined. DONT OVER STIR. Line the cupcake pan with 12 cups(mine made about 16) and fill them about two-thirds full.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cool thoroughly before frosting.
Thats all for now! toodles! :)